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moving to austin from LA in a few weeks.
psyched about plentiful good mex and bbq.
wondering about other good spots - french bistros? tapas? fine dining?
sushi/japanese?
thanks

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    Tha Groovin' Gourmet

    Can't comment on your particular requests, but a couple of places not to miss are Castle Hill Cafe for reasonably priced New American, and Threadgill's for old school meat and three. Threadgill's gets a mixed bag of reviews...you'll either love it or hate it, but it is worth at least one visit as it is a legendary spot in Texas cultural history. Janis Joplin used to perform there, among others.

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    1. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

      thanks for the info. everybody!

      1. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        But be sure to go to the OLD, ORIGINAL Threadgill's on North Lamar. NOT the new one downtown.

      2. This is the first time I've visited the Austin board, as I live in New York now, but just graduated from UT last year. However, I'm proud that I am able to chime in and tell you that Austin has some mighty good fine dining. Amongst them, don't forget to try Wink. Very small, but delish. And of course, Jefferey's is a must.

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          Dave Westerberg

          For French try the fixed-price three course menu at "Chez Nous." I like Jaime's for TexMex, Castlehill or Mirabelle (same folks run both) for very good contemporary.
          Dave

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            Dave Westerberg

            Also there is a nice cluster of Restaurants over on Manor Rd and I35.
            Try Hoovers for great southern cooking--they serve silly-huge portions and it's all nicely done. East Side Cafe is a classy little joint that has wonderful vegetable dishes (I always get three sides and soup). John Mueller's bbq is over there, too. BBQ is kind of a touchy subject on this board, but JM's is good--as are lots of other places. I didn't grow up with TX bbq at all and I try it every chance I get. Try them all and have a ball doing it.
            Dave

            1. For Japanese/Sushi, Uchi is the way to go. The place would be great in any town in the US...

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                Austin expert

                French: Chez Nous...country French food...excellent atmosphere (downtown on Neches street)
                Sushi: UCHI...voted 10 best new chefs in America
                Fine Dining: this is where the city has some issues But...JEFFREY'S (old standby)...WINK... 7 (fish only)...VESPAIO (mediterranean/italian) great place to eat at the bar
                I hope this helps (no good tapas restaurants unfortunately but you can try MALAGA if you are desperate)

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                  Mr. "OC"

                  Don't do it !!! Their idea of Mexican Food is greasy totillas smothered in crappy Queso sauce. Many other good restaurants abound, but Mexican is not their forte'. Try the new Wahoo's downtown. Its as close as you will get to decent Mexican anywhere in Texas.

                  My advice is don't move. I tried it for a year and am so glad to be back in the "OC"